Monday, July 16, 2018

Dorothy Must Die

(Please note: This post contains affiliate links.) 


I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know?

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.


Meh. I didn't like it.

It was interesting to see the way the original characters have been twisted and deconstructed - as well as Oz itself.

Amy has too much angst. and there is too much crushing (or should I say, "What?! HIM?! I totally don't feel like that about him. But... why am I so jealous of every other female in the same room as him") for my taste.

Somehow, I'm not sure how, but the book feels like it was both too long and too short. The ending is cheap. It's a series, so that should be a clue, but it was poorly handled.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

COYER Challenge: "The List"


For full details, check out this post.

List of 15 books to read from!

- Dread Nation* ✓
-The Hate U Give* ✓
-Luckiest Girl Alive* DNF (overhyped)
-To All the Boys I've Loved Before*
-Fahrenheit 451*
- The Other Woman
- Baby Teeth
- Bring Me Back
- Providence
- Autonomous
- Terminal Alliance
- Artemis
- Sky in the Deep
- Furyborn
- Dawn in Damnation

The ones with stars are higher priority because they are from the library and I have "The Strict" next week - which means no library books!

Pretty much the same list I had at the beginning of the challenge, but removed the finished (and DNFed). Added in a few library books that have come in since then.

Sunday Post #7: Unannounced Extended Hiatus Edition

hosted by Kimberly @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer

The Sunday Post is a chance to share news. (Blog related or not.)
Click above for more information and more posts!
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COYER updates

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(For more info, see this post)

Read:
Dorothy Must Die
The Great Alone
The Outsiders

Participated in a couple of Facebook games, but couldn't figure out how to link it to the big sign up thing. 🤷 Oh well.

I failed my personal challenge already. ^^;

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Life

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Initially I had no reason for taking a hiatus. It was the end of school, things got busy and then I just lost steam.

I was actually working on this entry for last week, but that Saturday night my husband broke his ankle. (That would be a little over a week ago, now.) Went to the bone doctor on Tuesday and found out that he needs surgery.

So... yeah.

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Playing

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I beat Final Fantasy XV.

Got my hands on the SNES Classic and my brother gave me his Nintendo Switch. (O_O)
So, living it up with some old favorites and Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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That was prior to my husband's injury. Now he has taken over the PS4 and TV with a sim builder called Aven Colony. (Not a bad thing, I should be reading anyway.)

Grabbed another ps4 controller and now playing co-op on 7 Days to Die.

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Posts This Week 

(and the week before)

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Anticipated Posts for Next Week

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Due to personal things I just cant commit, but I'm trying.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Great Alone - Kristen Hannah

This post contains affiliate links.

Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown.


I was hooked from the first chapter and did not want to put this one down! The blurb doesn't do justice to this story and that's a good thing.

Deep and complex characters against a turbulent and unpredictable backdrop. Just my type of read.

This is only the second book I have read by Hannah and it will not be the last.

One Caveat ...

I did not personally feel Ernt was abusive because of PTSD. He was an abusive person who (later) happened to have a mental problem. Most of his abuse tended to be tied to alcoholism and lack of sleep (which is legit).

Unfortunately, there is a bit at the end where the author all but states that ... yeah that was the problem.

One Caution ...

This book deals with an abusive relationship. It starts off a bit implied, but later gets much more graphic and obvious. 



Friday, June 22, 2018

Blog Ahead: June 22 - July 6 [Challenge]


This challenge is host by Herding Cats & Burning Soup and is all about catching up and getting ahead with your blogging.

Blogging can be stressful. Especially when life gets busy with vacations, school, emergencies or when a dreaded blogging slumps hit. Blog Ahead aims at helping cut the stress by blogging ahead and creating a stockpile of scheduled posts that are ready to go when life gets a little crazy.

Whatever number of posts you have scheduled on that day...add 15 posts and THAT's the goal you're aiming for by the time the challenge ends.

*All challenge posts must go live after the event ends to count.

I have zero posts scheduled on any of the days, so my goal is 15 posts scheduled after July 6th.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

One of Us is Lying - Karen M McManus

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Summary (from goodreads): The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
-Bronwyn, the brain
-Addy, the beauty
-Nate, the criminal
-Cooper, the athlete
And Simon, the outcast


Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
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Edition Read:  Library ebook via Overdrive

Where (else) to buy: kobo*, google play, amazon*, nook*,

Thoughts:
It's no secret that I am not a fan of YA. I find most of it to be annoying, angsty, and usually want to slap the main characters. Yet, I still pick them up.

This novel is one of the reasons why I continue to look for gems among a genre that overall infuriates me.

The characters were likable and believable, while also not being self-absorbed, angst-ridden balls of frustration.

The end was mildly predictable. I didn't quite guess who did do it, but I was able to guess who didn't. Part of me loved it... the cynic in me, not so much.


Verdict:

Highly recommended. A perfectly breezy book that remains grounded.


*This is an affiliate link

Thursday, June 7, 2018

COYER: Big Summer Birthday Bash (Jun 9 - Aug 31 2018)


The Basics


Let’s start with the basic rules as always, and then we’ll get to the fun Birthday Goodies!

  • The challenge begins June 9th (which happens to Berls’s Birthday!!) at 12am EST and ends August 31st at 11:59pm EST. The review linky and giveaway widgets will remain open until September 1st, 11:59 PM EST.
  • You must create a sign-up post anytime between now and July 9th on blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Google+, etc indicating your clean up goal. Link your sign-up to the linky over on the official signup page.
  • It’s Summer and you know what that means! Anything you read goes! It can be any format, any price, obtained from any LEGAL location. Library? Yep! Borrowed? Yep! KU? Yep? $500? Yep (but are you crazy?)!
  • Link your reviews to the linky that will be provided on the Kick-off Post.
  • There will be two grand prize winners – $10 gift card – one for the linky review list and one for Birthday Bash Goodies.

Those are the basics, and if that’s all you do, you’ll be fine! But you know us, we have to throw in more fun than that! See below for all the Birthday Bash Goodies!


For more information go see the original post

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I will be updating this entry as I finalize my decisions.

I will be participating in...


Goody #1 

Declare your goal!

My goal is to Lightly Clean (1 - 10 books) with a stretch goal of Spring Clean (11 - 20 books).

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Goody #3

Read-A-Thons
  1. Fairy Tales with a Twist: Read fairy tale re-tellings and give those childhood favorites a twist! Read-a-thon runs Sunday June 17th 12am EST to Saturday June 23rd 11:59pm EST
  2. Christmas in July!: Read Holiday themed books. Read-a-thon runs Sunday July 15th 12am EST to Saturday July 21st 11:59pm EST
  3. Dusting Off The Shelves: Read the oldest books in your physical or e-library. They have to have sat on your shelf for at least 1 year. Read-a-thon runs Sunday July 29th 12am EST to Saturday August 4th 11:59pm EST
  4. Scary Stories by the Campfire!: Read about ghosts, goblins, and any other horror/thriller that would make for a scary campfire tale!Read-a-thon runs Sunday August 5th 12am EST to Saturday August 11th 11:59pm EST
  5. Short and Sweet!: Fill your final days not with Novels but with Novellas! Read-a-thon runs Sunday August 26th 12am EST to Friday August 31st 11:59pm EST
I plan on doing at least one, but I need to go through my books and see what will fit into what category. (Lists forthcoming! - 6/7)

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Goody #4 

Participate in one or all of the mini-challenges!

I'm going to try, but I'm not sure what they are yet!

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Goody #5

Participate in the mini-scavenger hunt Sunday August 12th 12am EST to Saturday August 25th 11:59pm EST

According to the facebook group, this is actually *all* COYER long. I probably won't be able to do the whole list, but maybe I can knock some off!

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Goody #6

Participate in the Social Media Games on Facebook, the August Instagram Challenge (Sunday July 29th), and/or our Twitter Parties.

Facebook Games and Insta-Challenge.

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Goody #8


Survive Hurricane Berls Wednesday July 25th – Saturday July 28th. Read ONLY eBooks, $1 or less, purchased before June 9th! (not borrowed, but ARCs are ok)

I was going to skip this one since the books have to be in your possession before June 9th. (I have some library books I have been on hold for MONTHS. Not giving those up!) However... it's only 4 days and the library books won't be going anywhere during that short amount of time.

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Goody #9

Make a list of 15 books and read a least 10 of them!

This can be a little tricky because I am a mood reader. I'm pretty much just pulling from my library books and netgalley. Hopefully, I'll get it done!

In no particular order...
- Dorothy Must Die (✓ - 6/18)
- Dread Nation (✓ -7/10)
- The Year of Less (DNF. Not what I thought.)
- The Other Woman
- Baby Teeth
- Bring Me Back
- Providence
- Shelter
- Autonomous
- Terminal Alliance
- Artemis
- The Great Alone (✓ - 6/21)
- Sky in the Deep
- Furyborn
- Dawn in Damnation

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Goody #10

Join us for the Switch Sunday. Pick your order for the Strict, The List, and The Twist…

The One with the Twist
Sunday June 24th – Saturday June 30th
You can read ANY book. ANY price. Obtained any LEGAL way.
The Twist is, you have to stick with one format. If you choose audiobooks, then only the audiobooks you read during this phase will count toward the TWIST. If you choose eBooks, then only eBooks you read during this phase will count. ETC….

The List
Sunday July 1 – Saturday July 7th
Make a list of up to 15 books you want to read.
Every book on the list must be in your possession BEFORE you put them on the list. Books on the list can be any format, any price, obtained any LEGAL way… so that means library books, KU, borrowed, etc.

(Possibly reusing Goody #9's list. It's a ways off, so I may need to fill the gaps in a bit.)

The Strict
Sunday July 8th – Saturday July 14th
Every book you read must be an eBook or audiobook.
Every book must be either free or less than $5.
No library books, borrowed books, or Kindle Unlimited.

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Bonus Personal Challenge (not official COYER stuff)


In the spirit of COYER, I will not be requesting library or netgalley books, adding books to ereaderIQ, or purchasing any books (not already in my ereaderIQ wishlist).

Requests and books added prior to June 9th are still in play. I have a few library books I have been in line for months. Not giving those up.

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Just for the duration of the challenge.